Four Baltimore men were arrested yesterday morning after a patrol officer reported finding 300 vials of crack cocaine in their possessionduring a traffic stop, county police said.
The patrol officer reported that he pulled the car over around 2:50 a.m. after seeing it weaving in traffic in the westbound lane of U.S. 40 near Greenway Drive, police said.
After asking the driver to step out of the car, the officer conducted a pat search on him, according to a court record. The driver started to run away from the officer and threw a plastic bag into the nearby woods, the court record said.
The officer chased down the manand found he had 200 vials of crack cocaine hidden in his clothing, police said. The bag he threw into the woods, which contained another100 vials of crack, was found later, police said.
Police also confiscated $1,400 in cash that the man was carrying.
The man is identified by police as Jerome Thomas, 28, of the 1900 block of Bartley Avenue. He was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Three other men who were passengers in the car were also arrested and charged with attempting to distribute crack cocaine. They are identified as Douglas Burwell, 20, of the 1300 block of BelvedereAvenue and Lamont Worrell and James Loggins, both 18 and of the 1800block of Monroe Street.
All four men were being held yesterday atthe Howard County Detention Center.
ESCAPEE RECAPTURED AFTER CAR CHASE
A man who escaped from a Sykesville correctional facility earlier this year was arrested Saturday after a 30-minute car chase through Columbia and Laurel, county police said.
Arrested was Edwin PaulWitte, 29, of no fixed address, who escaped from the minimum security Sykesville Laundry Correctional Facility in July, where he had beenserving eight years for theft and violation of probation.
Police said Witte was pulled over shortly before 5:15 p.m. by a patrol officer on Little Patuxent Parkway and Harpers Farm Road. But moments after pulling over, Witte sped away, police said.
Officers chased the car along Little Patuxent Parkway to South Entrance Road, then south on U.S. 29. The car continued to elude police, turning on to Cedar Lane and then eastbound Route 32, finally heading south on U.S. 1, police said.
The suspect lost control of his car on U.S. 1 at Madison Avenue in Laurel and ran off the road, striking several brick fence posts, police said.
Witte suffered a minor cut to his head in the crash and was treated and released from Howard County General Hospital. He has been charged by county police with assault and numerous motor vehicle violations.
Witte has been returned to state correctional officials and will resume serving his jail sentence, police said. He faces additional penalties for the escape and the Howard County charges.
Other crimes reported to Howard County police:
5300 block of Phelps Luck Drive: Nov. 7, cash and checks were stolen between 6:15 and 11 p.m. from the Grandfather's Nursery shop after someone broke in through a window.
4700 block of Dorsey Hall Drive: Thursday, a resident of a condominium reported that he witnessed a stranger attempting to pry open a neighbor's door at2:15 p.m. The man was unable to gain entrance into the home.
10000 block of Emily Fox Court: Thursday, someone forced open a garage sometime in the previous six days and stole several tools.
5900 Augustine Avenue: Nov. 7, someone stole tools, antiques and arifle from the basement of a home entered between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. after a window was smashed.
13000 block of Ridgewood Drive: Monday, cash and jewelry were reported stolen at 8 p.m. from ahome entered after someone smashed in a basement window.